After last month's 3DS event there was still some confusion as to which titles would actually be available for the system's launch on March 27. Originally we reported on 12 titles that for the 3DS launch, only for Nintendo to promptly correct us that those games were "launch window" titles stating that no game release dates were set in stone. Well, the stone has been set, and with just over a month before the new handheld is in stores Nintendo is finally ready to let gamers know what they will be playing on day one.
- Pilotwings Resort
- Nintendogs + Cats (official box art seen above)
- Steel Diver
- Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
- The Sims 3
- Madden NFL Football
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
- Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- Ridge Racer 3D
- Super Monkey Ball 3D
- Bust-A-Move Universe
- Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
- Asphalt 3D
- Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
- Rayman 3D
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
Our original launch window list consisted of only 12 titles, so obviously there is a lot of overlap between those 12 and the official 18 launch titles. Probably the most exciting additions to the launch lineup include Super Monkey Ball 3D and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, the latter being a top-down squad-based tactical entry in the series. It's also worth clarifying that Rayman 3D is a port of Rayman 2: The Great Escape, a game that is (in my personal opinion) one of the greatest 3D platformers of all time, though a port of the game was also available at launch for the Nintendo DS.
Along with titles added to the 3DS system launch, there have been some changes as well. Neither Dead or Alive Dimensions nor Resident Evil: Mercenaries, both originally thought to be launch titles, are seen on the list of launch titles. Dead or Alive Dimensions is an understandable delay in order to give both it and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition time in the spotlight. Resident Evil's absence is more of a surprise, though hopefully it will be included in the 30 titles Nintendo claims will release between March 27 and E3 in June.
The above list of 18 3DS titles will be available for the system's launch on March 27 with standard retail pricing of $39.99.